James Rodriguez became a football sensation after his extraordinary performance with Colombia in Brazil 2014. His value automatically went up and he became the object of desire for the top European clubs.
Rodriguez finished his World Cup campaign with six goals which earned him the tournament’s Golden Boot. The Colombian playmaker also recorded two assists and actively participated in three more goals from the South Americans.
It is also important to notice that he did not come out of nothing; he had already been building a name for himself through his performances at Porto and in the last year at Monaco. Actually, his transfer to the Principality club was one of the most costly deals last summer, as reported by Goal.com.
Rodriguez has been building an impressive resume since his days in the Argentinian league, where he won the championship with a small club like Banfield. At international level, he was part of the youth national teams from Colombia and participated in Under-17 and Under-20 World Cups.
James has showed that he can rapidly progress and succeed in bigger challenges with the national team and club wise he isn't scared of wearing higher profile and historic jerseys.
His time in France was counted since the day he signed with Monaco. The French league is still one step behind the bigger leagues in Europe, the ones that James is truly destined for.
During the last season with Monaco, James already demonstrated his potential, and after what he did at the World Cup, there is no necessity to keep waiting to go another step further in his career. Bigger clubs and leagues demand him now.
Especially because the two biggest and most successful teams in Spain are knocking on Rodriguez’s door. Barcelona and Real Madrid want him to join their star-studded squads.
And when you have two of the most praised clubs in football's history asking for you, there's hardly any excuse not to embrace the challenge, unless you play for a club of a similar magnitude, which Monaco isn't.
Joining either team will force the Colombian star to keep his game at the highest level in order to maintain a spot in the starting XI. Training every day with the best is also relevant as it helps with the growth of a player like Rodriguez.
La Liga also features better teams than Ligue 1, which means that facing any given rival in any matchday in the Spanish league is a higher challenge.
Again, it is not that Monaco isn't a good team or that the French league is to be underestimated, but it is still not at the level of its neighbor's league and clubs.
Barcelona is apparently behind in the negotiations to acquire Colombia’s No. 10 due to its spending on Luis Suarez and Ivan Rakitic, and because Real Madrid will have approached him first.
But if Barcelona can pull the transfer off, the Cules will be counting with a South American dream team with Lionel Messi and Suarez on top, James in a creative role and Javier Mascherano covering his back. Without forgetting that Claudio Bravo could be Barcelona's starting goalie.
However, the bigger issue for James to arrive in Catalunya isn't Real Madrid’s offer, but perhaps that Barcelona's offer is for the transfer to take place in the summer of 2015, as reported by El Confidencial and by barcablaugranes.com in English.
Therefore, it seems the most suitable team and the club James Rodriguez should join is Real Madrid. The winner of 10 Champions Leagues and arguably the best club ever wants him and Rodriguez wants to play for Madrid. He even stated it will be a dream come true to play for the Merengues, per the Mirror, via Marca.
Carlos Carpio of Marca reported (source in Spanish) that Madrid will be willing to let go Angel Di Maria to bring the Colombian sensation. So with James' approval to be transferred to the team he wishes to play for, it is all in Florentino Perez’s hands to figure out the right deal with Monaco.
And what better challenge for the player who deserved the World Cup Golden Ball than to be the stellar acquisition of a club that will demand he lead the Merengues to win it all, including retaining the UCL title?
Rodriguez should not wait longer than this summer to transfer out of Monaco; the offers from the biggest clubs on the planet don't come very often and delaying such a transfer might be costly. James can take his fellow countryman Radamel Falcao as an example.
Falcao could have signed with a bigger club that will have competed in Europe last year but instead, for whatever reason, decided to join a team that just got promoted back to the first division.
At the time, it was thought that Falcao wouldn't last long in Monaco, especially since a World Cup outstanding performance was projected. But now who knows if such high-figure tempting offers will ever come back for him to leave the Principality club.